Instant People/ Polaroid portraits
My desire to make portraits pushed me to start this project. Where I took people I have known or just simple strangers or just people I’ve known on social media. It’s a project about people with people. It’s about my fear of being a sociable person, ( I’m not, I’m in my own bubble, sometimes even thou that’s not good). Where I can let people to show themselves like they want. No pressure, no nothing. Just be YOURSELF, because in this times we’re living, to be yourself it’s a rebellion act, I think. It goes in a documentary photography way, because I want to tell some things about those people I photographed.
So, from this idea I started and till now, it’s going good. I still have a couple of people to photograph at the end of march, when I’m going back to my home town ( Bucharest, Romania) and I’ll meet with some and just make those beautiful portraits.
I use impossible black and white film, I wanted in a way to be a much deeper project, and I love black and white photography, it’s more dramatic and it gives you a sort of a grunge feeling. Even thou it’s about people, in the end, you’ll sense my presence as a photographer/human being by the film I’ve chosen to photograph them. I use as well two Polaroid Cameras ( 600 Spirit and a 636 Close-up). After I finish the project. All of them will be asked to write down something about them, everything they want. From a dark secret if they dare, to just a drawing by hand by them.
Born in Bucharest, Romania, she is a potrait and fashion photographer based in London, United Kingdom. She came to London to finish her studies in photography. She studied film directing in Bucharest for two years and she took a year off from finishing her studies in filmmaking.
all images and text © Andreea Andrei